Find the peace in Eastern Europe: Climb the mountains of Romania! – Guest Post

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Hiking in Romania’s mountains offers a powerful experience, which can only be compared to what adventurers felt, while exploring areas where people haven’t, or rarely set foot before. The untamed wilderness is harsh, beautiful and mesmerizing, demanding and rewarding at the same time, giving you the opportunity to reconnect with nature at the most basic level, leaving you with an inner peace that modern man seldom finds.

Wildlife or your wild side?

It doesn’t really matter which area of the Carpathian’s you want to explore, once you leave your vehicle behind and start your journey you will soon leave behind all evidence of modern civilization. There are trails that lead you across dense forests, with rich local flora and fauna, with almost no sign of humans ever existing. Wild animals are not uncommon. Brown bears, wolves, deer, wild cats, and other wild animals roam across the land freely, usually avoiding contact with humans. Still, there are areas where there’s a chance that you can come across them, so don’t be alarmed if you see them in the distance. Bears and wolves are elusive animals, that won’t attack groups of tourists. Meeting them, watching them in their natural habitat is a strong, unique experience that will always stay with you. If you plan on doing this always look for a local guide with experience to keep safe.

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(view in the Sureanu Mountains)

Follow the path

Most of the trails that lead you through the mountains are not hard to hike; you only need a medium physical condition to enjoy most of the places that this beautiful land has to offer. Proper clothing is a necessity and camping equipments are required. The Carpathian Mountains are home to one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe, so it’s best to plan your hike accordingly, so that you will be able to enjoy every moment of it. Most of the time, you will be out of range so don’t even think about bringing your mobile phone with you. If you must, you can bring a GPS, but a compass and a map is enough to find your way around. Even though most of the trails are not hard to hike, the mountains can be treacherous, and if you lose your way you can find yourself in a bit of trouble.

Modern Caveman!

If you are not uncomfortable with tight spaces, you can visit some spectacular caves. Casoaialui Ladas is definitely something you have to explore if you are in the area (Calimani Mountain region), as it is currently the only lava mould cave that you can visit in Transylvania. It’s over 5 million years old, and the trail was opened in 2013. As the Carphatian’s have all the necessary conditions for caves to form, there are several other caves that you can visit, if you would like to explore their depths. There are lots of caves that are mostly unknown, it’s best to talk to a guide about where it’s best to go. Adventuring into the depths of the mountains is a unique experience that will give you a sense of what Mother Nature is capable of, that can only make you feel humble at its greatness.

The Carpathians!

If you are willing to go on a harder hike, then the Carpathian Mountains, sometimes called Transylvanian Alps, will not disappoint. These mountains have peaks standing proudly above 2000 meters, beautiful valleys, and lots of opportunities to test your climbing skills. The Calimani Mountains is the largest volcanic mountain chain in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains where you can go on a tour with us. The Pietros Peak that you will reach is 2102 meters high and it’s on the side of a once active volcanic crater. If you want to visit the highest point of the Carpathian’s then you will have to climb the Moldoveanu Peak, which is 2544 meters, located in the Fagaras Mountains of the Southern Carpathians.

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(Iezer Lake in the Calimani Mountains)

Visiting these places is something that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. Its peace will fill you up; its greatness will make you remember to stay humble. You will forget about your everyday troubles, and for at least a couple of days you will be a part of something bigger. When you will go home you will be filled with energy despite of the hikes, and probably eager to come back to explore some more.

Author: This post was written by the fine folks at campfire-adventures.com. They are a group of highly spirited individuals loving what they do and for whom this adventure travel is not a side-job but a way of life.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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